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The Super Bowl LVIII: Nickelodeon Style

The cover to promote the Nickelodeon version of the Super Bowl LVIII. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

We all watched the 58th Super Bowl go down this past weekend with the fourth win for the Kansas City Chiefs franchise. But I’m not here to talk about the actual NFL game; we are going to talk about the other (and possibly better) version of the game that went on over at Nickelodeon – or should I say Bikini Bottom. 

This version included a more family friendly and funnier approach to the NFL so the whole family could watch together and enjoy the memories of the Super Bowl even more. This year’s production had SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star commentating while Sandy Cheeks and Larry the Lobster were on the sidelines and Dora the Explorer explained rules of the game for kids to comprehend the game better. 

The commentators, SpongeBob and Patrick, were voiced by Tom Kenny and Bill Fagerbakke (the voices of the two famous characters) and were sitting up in the booth in green-screen suits to portray the characters on live T.V.  

Research has shown that there is a 13% decline in youth participation in football, so Kenny and Fagerbakke did a job well done in making the game more interesting. Fagerbakke commented that “[his] job is to make silly stuff happen and make room for new football fans.” 

Some additional animations that the channel had were their iconic green slime that blasted throughout the stadium during touchdowns or field goals and other emojis that made the show more fun to many.  The commentators also provided lots of facts about the players and the game itself so you left feeling like a pro when it came to football knowledge.  

SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Noah Eagle, and Nate Burleson commentating the Super Bowl LVIII. Photo courtesy of The Guardian.

SpongeBob also welcomed people to the game by singing “Sweet Victory,” a song known from a famous episode of SpongeBob SquarePants. Some popular celebrities were mentioned as well but with under-the-sea spins like “Leprawn James,” “Billie Eelish,” or “Oprah Finfrey.” 

So now the question comes to planning where you want to watch next year’s Super Bowl. Are you going to go with the normal crowd on the NFL? Or are you going to join SpongeBob and other characters down in Bikini Bottom? 

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Ashley Myers , Staff Reporter
Ashley is a junior and this is her first year as a staff reporter for The Print. She is involved in clubs like FCA and French Club. She also loves volunteering at places like Harford Glen over the school year, or Beachmont during the summer. Aside from those busy activities and school, she enjoys spending her time reading and soaking up lots of alone time when she can. 
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